Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IGS War of 1812 Match Challenge Reaches Goal!

Thank you to all who contributed in our match challenge to help the Federation of Genealogical Societies in their digitizing of War of 1812 pensions! We have reached our goal of $1,816 (in honor of the year of Indiana statehood), so the Indiana Genealogical Society has matched that with another $2,016 (in honor of the year of Indiana's bicentennial). After matches by the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and Ancestry.com, that will end up being $30,656.

For many donors, it was personal, including:
--Thomas McKee of Virginia - he donated in honor of his 4th great-grandfather, Robert Haynes, who served as a private in Col. Cheatam's regiment in Tennessee.
--Sheryl (Robertson) Smith of Missouri - she donated in memory of her 4th-great-grandfather, Noah Bridwell.

And then there were donors like DNA blogger Roberta Estes of Michigan, who celebrated being given a "Rockstar Genealogist" award by donating to her home state of Indiana.

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